JAMES FORREST 'JIM' SIMPSON - Son of the late James V. SIMPSON and Muriel NORTON SIMPSON, was born August 5, 1950 at Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and departed this life April 19, 1983, at the John Cochran Veteran's Hospital in St. Louis, having attained the age of 32 years, 8 months and 14 days. Jim served his country in the Marine Corps during the Viet Nam Conflict. He was a member of the Winona Christian Church. He graduated from Winona High School in 1968. For several years he lived and worked in the St. Louis area before returning to Winona in 1979. He is survived by his son, James Cary SIMPSON of Cartersville, Georgia, his mother Muriel SIMPSON of Winona, two brothers, David SIMPSON of St. Charles, Missouri, and Mark SIMPSON of Winona, one sister, Carol ROBERTS of Winona, his grandmother, Esther NORTON of Winona, and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Friday, April 22, at 10:00 a.m. in the McSpadden Funeral Chapel in Van Buren, with Reverend Lowell MOORE officiating. Burial was in Mount Zion Cemetery under the direction of McSpadden Funeral Home. HE HAS GONE HOME. - Jim worked as a teenager as a retail clerk at Miley’s Hardware Store in Winona. He married Donita BARKLEY on March 29, 1969 at the Christian Church in Winona MO and they made their home in St. Charles MO where Jim had employment with the McDonnell-Douglas Corporation. He was drafted into the USMC in 1970. After returning from military service Jim worked in the retail grocery business for several years before changing to the insurance industry. He had a Farm Bureau agency in Winona before changing to Kemper Insurance, where he was employed as district manager of sixteen Missouri counties. Jim was a mature, easy going person who exemplified good character, honesty and a wondrous sense of humor. He was popular and well liked by all who knew him. He was admired for his scholastic aptitude and his wide range of knowledge and he could become very animated in discussing current events. He was skilled in entertaining and a gifted storyteller, and a natural teacher. Memories of Jim survive and are cherished by all who knew and loved him. Burial was at Mount Zion Cemetery at Winona beside his father.